What Are the Benefits of Jamaica Flower Tea?

By Ariel Phillips

People drink tea for a number of reasons, ranging from an affinity for the taste to an extra caffeine boost, to a variety of health benefits. Tea is a popular drink across the world, and whether you're drinking chai in India or Earl Gray in Britain, each tea has a unique flavor and essence. Jamaica flower tea is a hibiscus tea known for its popularity in Mexico.

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Jamaica flower tea

Jamaica Flower Tea

Jamaica flower tea is an iced tea made from a flower called Jamaica (hibiscus sabdariffa). In Mexico, hibiscus blossoms are called Jamaica and Jamaica flower tea is called "Agua de Jamaica." Made from a strong brew of hibiscus flower tea, Jamaica flower tea is a tart, flavorful red tea, often sweetened heavily with sugar.

Diuretic, Laxative or Digestive Supplement

Jamaica flower tea possesses several benefits. You can use it as a diuretic, a laxative or a digestive supplement. A diuretic increases the excretion of water from the body through elevating the rate of urination. A laxative induces bowel movements to help loosen stool, and you can take it to relieve constipation. A digestive supplement catalyzes the body's digestive system and enhances the normal digestive process.

Vitamin C

Jamaica flower tea is also high in vitamin C, otherwise known as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and can help protect a body from free radicals that may cause heart disease or cancer. Vitamin C can also help support a healthy immune system, and people often take it when they feel cold-like or flu-like symptoms.

Additionally, you can use Jamaica flower tea to alleviate menstrual cramps, normalize high blood pressure, help purify arteries and kidneys and lower high cholesterol.